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Doux News: April 7, 2013

This week: Defiance defies and Arrested Development arrests -- Game of Thrones vs. Walking Dead apparently good for both of them -- This Week in Casts, S.H.I.E.L.D. section -- The rest of This Week in Casts -- And an entire Veronica Mars section, this time with sloth

Premieres, Renewals and Ratings

The new series Defiance, which is being described as more of an event than just a show since it includes a corresponding MMO, premieres April 15 on Syfy. We'll definitely be reviewing the pilot. And more, if it grabs us.

Arrested Development returns May 26 on Netflix! Like House of Cards, the entire season will be available at once. And you may be seeing coverage right here on Doux Reviews.

Game of Thrones was renewed for a fourth season after airing exactly one episode. Probably because the ratings were incredible. So were the ratings for The Walking Dead finale, which aired opposite GoT that night. Apparently, the split season thingy is working out pretty darned well for The Walking Dead. Everyone keeps complaining about The Walking Dead. So why is everyone watching it? :)

This Week in Casts, S.H.I.E.L.D. section

You knew Joss Whedon wouldn't be able to not cast someone from Buffy, Angel, Firefly or Dollhouse in his new project, didn't you? Sure enough, J. August Richards from Angel will be appearing in S.H.I.E.L.D. Which is no longer being called S.H.I.E.L.D. It has a new title: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., probably to differentiate it from the really depressing cop show starring Michael Chiklis and Walton Goggins.

I don't know. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. It's no Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Maybe they'll come up with something else. And maybe the fans will keep calling it S.H.I.E.L.D. It also sounds like they already filmed the pilot, but the series hasn't officially been picked up yet. So I'm confused about where J. August Richards fits in. We still don't know who he's going to play, although there is much guessing going on about the possibility of eyepatches. Why keep it a secret if he isn't playing someone important?

The rest of This Week in Casts

Three players on The Walking Dead were just promoted to series regulars: Chad L. Coleman from The Wire (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (his sister Sasha), and Emily Kinney, who has been playing Hershel's daughter Beth for quite awhile. That certainly doesn't mean their characters aren't in danger of being killed off, though. It might actually increase the odds.

Paul Reubens has been cast in the Once Upon a Time spin-off, Once: Wonderland, as the voice of the White Rabbit. (I can hear that, can't you?)

Anna Camp will be returning as Sarah Newlin to True Blood this season. It's a good thing, too. We missed her and her pudding.

An entire Veronica Mars section, with sloth

Only five days to go on Kickstarter, and the Veronica Mars movie, funded by fans, is up to 4 million 7, with over 71,000 backers.

And Kristen Bell just had a baby girl: Lincoln Bell Shepard was born March 28. Kristen and her boyfriend Dax Shepard have decided not to get married until their gay friends have the right to get married, as well. (Isn't Brangelina doing the same thing?)

Some guy named Jason Dohring was just signed for the Veronica Mars movie. Actually, I didn't know that wasn't an option. Maybe he'd agreed earlier with a handshake deal and this was just a formality? And this just in! There's a design for the first official tee shirt for the movie. Apparently, there's going to be a second official tee shirt, too.

Someone (I won't say who) made me watch a Youtube video in which Kristen Bell totally melts down because her boyfriend Dax brought her a sloth. It's pretty hilarious, and I didn't have any cat news this week, so here you go.

Apparently, the Farscape power that be is thinking of pulling a Veronica Mars. Rockne S. O'Bannon (who has an extremely cool name) did not fail to notice what happened with the Veronica Mars movie, and he's talking about a Farscape feature film. I don't know how likely it is, but if someone had told me last month that fans would fund a VM movie, I wouldn't have believed it.

That's it for this week. Opinions, raves, rants, questions? Post a comment!


  1. I saw that sloth video a couple of months ago, and I laughed so hard it hurt. I shudder to think how she reacted to the birth of her first child! :)

    I was initially excited about the Walking Dead casting news, until it occurred to me that the odds of death may have just gone up for those folks. Maybe they've at least got a shot at making it to mid-season. Maybe?

  2. Defiance : interesting trailer. But I couldn't help thinking about Tom Cruise's Oblivion. We have a pattern here.

    Arrested Development : yes ! My favorite dysfunctional family ! (like it's the only one, in the world of TV or even in THIS world...)

    LMAO, Ellen is so mean ! And I'm Kristen cried again with the Kickstarter numbers.

  3. missing words

    And I'm SURE that Kristen.....

  4. OMG that video is crrrrazy!!! Who gets that excited about a sloth?!?!?! I mean, a dolphin ok, but a sloth?! :p

    Can't wait for the movie!!! I've been really excited about the whole Kickstarter process! :o)

    Oh, and for some reason I had understood last year that GoT was renewed straight off for seasons 3 AND 4! Which would cover book 3. So so no surprise for me on the renewal front this week... I'd be more surprised if they ever announced they were stopping sometime before the end of the series! :o(

  5. Once: Wonderland is now being called Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

    A definite improvement, IMHO.

  6. Kristen Bell is like Disney princess cute (she's actually voicing their next princess, which makes perfect sense.) Lena Dunham and that guy from fun. are doing the same wait for gay marriage thing.

  7. It takes a special man to love a woman who cries "below a 3 and above a 7"!!! She's adorable!

  8. While Kristen was pregnant, Ellen had her back on and actually brought out a sloth...she doesn't have a breakdown but she and the sloth are both adorable: http://www.wetpaint.com/gossip-girl/video/pregnant-kristen-bell-feeds-a-sloth-on-ellen-who-cares-about-the-baby-video

  9. That video was the highlight of my day, Unfortunately, i understand all too well that whole "between 3 and 7" thing. I called my best friend and told her about it. She laughed until she cried.

  10. They should manage to include a sloth in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie...


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